Other, Traditional Arts, Visual Arts
Artist StatementMy work wrestles with issues and contradictions that arise from a personal investigation of masculinity and the roles it plays in contemporary society.
Sherwood’s work wrestles with issues and contradictions that arise from a personal investigation of masculinity and the role that it plays in contemporary society. His interest in this stems from personal experiences growing up in rural Ohio and Arkansas, in a long line of hard-working farmers, laborers, businessmen and military servicemen.
Struggling to appease the masculine role models in his life and negotiate the ever-changing “political correctness” of society, as well as the contradictory, overstated masculinities that saturate mass media, Sherwood was unable to fit comfortably into a set masculine role or understanding.
This struggle is reflected in Sherwood's paintings and sculptures, which attempt to reconcile the personal with the cultural and universal, through humor and narrative. His work, chaotic and cluttered, is a visual overload, incorporating all sorts of found images and objects to better communicate the layered complexity of the topics at hand.